Chinese scientific expedition set up an automatic meteorological station at an altitude of 8,800 meters above sea level on Mount Qomolangma (Everest) on May 4. It is the world’s highest ground meteorological station.
Dubbed the world’s “third pole” and the world’s second biggest concentration of glaciers, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau plays a crucial role in China’s ecological safety and storage of strategic resources. The expedition aims to get more information about environmental changes on the plateau to improve ecological safety and promote the plateau’s sustainable development.
The Chinese expedition also set up another seven stations between 5,200-8,800 meters in altitude which will be used to collect data for research on the effect of wind, climate change, greenhouse gases and how to adapt to extreme weather events, and especially how the high plateau will be influenced by a warming globe.